Production will begin next year on a biopic of Lemmy, the late lead singer of Motörhead.

One of the most hard-living of rock frontmen, Ian Fraser Kilmister died in 2015 aged 70 after a career that saw him enter the music business as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, spend five years with Hawkwind, and go on to give heavy metal a speedy, punk edge with his own throat-shredding songs. 

Lemmy will be directed by Greg Olliver, who spent three years following Motörhead and Kilmister for the 2010 documentary of the same name, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The new project will center on Kilmister as a "vanguard and talisman of the loudest, dirtiest and most liberated rock 'n’ roll band in the world."  

Lemmy and Motörhead were a key influence on acts such as Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax and the band’s most famous song, 1980’s Ace of Spades, remains a punk metal anthem.

"Everything you’ve heard about Lemmy is probably true … not because he was embracing rock n’ roll clichés, but because he was creating them," said Olliver. 

"Marlboro Reds and Jack Daniel’s for breakfast, speed for dinner - all true. But behind that steely-eyed façade of rock 'n’ roll was also a compelling, complicated and lion-hearted man who stayed the course and never gave up playing the music that made him happy. 

"We’ve been carefully developing this biopic since 2013, making sure to stay true to Lemmy, Motörhead band members Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, and all the other folks that played important roles in Lemmy’s life. This will be a film they’ll be proud of." 

Casting has yet to be announced. Speaking just months before his death, Lemmy said he would have wanted Roger Moore to play him in a biopic.